• Code: HU
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Applied Ecology Award (5M5028)                                                                  
  • Duration:One Year


The purpose of this course is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to independently and collaboratively anaylse and report on the biological diversity within eco systems and the correct managment of the earth’s resources. Additionally, completion of this course will aid progression to further or higher education.

Programme of Study
  • Ecological Field Methods 
  • Biological Diversity 
  • Sustainable Water Management  
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience 
  • Environmental Studies 
  • Applied Permaculture 
  • Permaculture Design 
  • Soil Science

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent with at least one science subject and minimum entry requirement Ordinary Level Maths.
Extenuating circumstances may be considered
• Leaving Certificate Applied with a distinction profile to include QQI level 4 Biology
• Full QQI Level 4 with a distinction profile and with a science subject
• Mature applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Applicants should have good basic literacy skills and mathematical skills

Career Opportunities
  • Energy Consultant
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Education Officer
  • Nature Conservation Officer
  • Waste Management Officer
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

  • Sustainability (DN240)


  • Climate and Environmental Sustainability (DC294)

Maynooth University:

  • Arts - Geography (MH101)

Please note that the courses listed above are only a select few, many other courses can be entered using this QQI award, please visit www.careersportal.ie for more.

Course Co-Ordinator

Hilda Harty

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